New downtown hot spot reopens doors

Jun. 17, 2013 @ 10:53 AM

Miro Buzov wanted to open a business that would bring people to downtown High Point.
And that’s exactly what he did.
Buzov opened Penny Path Cafe and Crepe Shop at 104 E. Kivett Drive in February, and it was a hit with High Pointers, generating a fair amount of business for downtown.
A few months in, Buzov was told by the state Department of Agriculture, which the shop operates under, that it no longer could use fresh fruits or processed lunch meats.
“The initial idea was to get something nice set up in downtown High Point on a shoestring budget that wasn’t another coffee shop,” Buzov said. “Offering crepes was an affordable way to offer a food item that no one else really does.”
State regulations, as Buzov understood it, said he could use prepackaged and preprocessed ingredients.
“We created a menu that was as compliant as possible without super sacrificing,” he said.
The menu consisted of savory crepes with ingredients like spinach and artichoke filling and roasted red peppers and sun-dried tomatoes, along with sweet crepes that used fresh bananas, strawberries and Nutella.
Because he couldn’t use what he considered quality ingredients, Buzov decided to temporarily close the popular shop until he could cut through some of the red tape from the Guilford County Health Department.
Although Buzov still doesn’t have definite answers from health department, he’s opened his shop today and will make what the customer wants with what ingredients he can.
“I need to open to keep the momentum going,” he said. “The county doesn’t understand how important this place is for High Point. This is a spark, and people are really excited about it. They know this place, and they love it.”
Buzov said he knew that, at some point, the health department would find something wrong with the cafe because he couldn’t follow all the regulations and still make a crepe customers wanted.
“They said I could use frozen fruit, but there was no way I’d use frozen fruit in my crepe,” he said. “But I can’t make my own rules.”
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